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Friday, March 24th, 2017 03:29 am
Hi all,

As you may know, about 2-3 weeks ago the Dreamhack server died. Since then, [staff profile] mark and I have been working on getting its replacement going, and updating a few things.

It should be ready to go in a few days, and I wanted to make a few notes for when it comes back up:
  • Firstly and most importantly, you'll need to re-apply for a Dreamhack if you want one, and you'll be set up as if you were a new user. Any changes that you pushed to GitHub will be available, but any other data you may have had will be gone - apologies for that.

  • I do still have email addresses for everybody who had an account when the server went down, and I'll send out a one-time email to everybody when the server is up to point them to this post. After that, the only people who will receive emails about Dreamhacks will be those who have applied for one.

  • The address you need to use to log into the server via SSH will be different from the Web address domain. The email you receive when applying for a Dreamhack will state this clearly.

  • The new server will have an increased quota. The earlier quota of 500MiB was enough at first, but since then the space taken by a base install of Dreamwidth has risen to 270MiB. In light of this, I've raised the quota to 750MiB.

  • You won't need to do a one-off compilation of the stylesheets and JavaScript any more unless you make changes to them - the new-user script will automatically do that for you, and your Dreamhack will have working CSS out of the box.

  • Each user will automatically get a test database called "test_dreamhack_<user>", accessible using the same database user and password as the main database. You'll still need to configure it properly yourself for now, but the installer will at least copy the required files to $LJHOME/ext/local/t for you to configure. Later on I'm hoping that it'll be possible to have it configured automatically.

  • The official email address to contact me has changed - you should now use my Dreamwidth email address (sophie at dreamwidth dot org). Automated emails will come from this address, so if you had the previous email whitelisted you may want to whitelist this new one instead.
Thanks for your patience with this - there's a lot that's been going on, but the new server should be ready to go very soon! Watch this space. :)

If you have any questions, please leave a comment! I'll answer any questions you might have.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 01:00 pm
[ghosts, death; parody of "Streets of London" by Ralph McTell]

Have you seen the old girl
Who walks the Tower of London
Face full of grace with a queenly charm?
She's no breath for talking,
she just keeps right on walking
Carrying her head
Right underneath her arm.

So how can you tell me you're ghostly
And say your life has run out of time?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you round the Tower of London
I'll show you something
That'll make you change your mind.

And in the topmost turret
You'll meet Sir Walter Raleigh
Cursing at his fall like an angry tar
Looking at the world
With a chip on his shoulder,
Each and every midnight
He smokes a mild cigar.

So how can you tell me you're ghostly
And say your life has run out of time?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you round the Tower of London
I'll show you something
That'll make you change your mind.

And have you seen the playroom
Of a pair of ghostly princes?
Such endless games in a place like theirs!
Careful where you sit if you
Accept their invitation:
They don't have ghostly cushions
On all their ghostly chairs

So how can you tell me you're ghostly
And say your life has run out of time?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you round the Tower of London
I'll show you something
That'll make you change your mind.
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 04:48 pm
Will's team took second place in the tournament (out of seven teams). Yay!

Will got the best score on his team! Yay!

Will got the second best score in the whole tournament! WHAAAT?

Trophies to be awarded on Thursday!
Sunday, March 19th, 2017 06:39 pm
[ profile] bathtimefunduck gave us this gem:

The female body literally cannot carry a child to full development. It would kill us. We’re more like… game developers at Ubisoft— we kick the product out before it’s ready and hope we can work out the bugs to make them playable as they get older.
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 10:33 am
I have unpopular opinions about daylight savings time: at least where I live, the time changes happen in just the right way to keep the kids in my neighborhood from having to walk to the bus stop in the dark more than a few days a year. If we stayed on DST year-round, they'd be out before dawn during the coldest months, and I think avoiding that is more important than inconveniencing adults. That's my two cents, not that anyone asked.

In other news, the county math tournament happened yesterday, so that was exciting! Each grade's team had 10 members, and 4 of those were chosen to compete in the ciphering rounds. Guess who was the best cipherer on their team? That's right, my precious firstborn son. Doing well on the team has given him so much confidence! He was laughing and relaxed in between events, and I was even more excited to see that than I was his performance. Unfortunately there was some kind of glitch with the scoring system and they weren't able to announce the awards at the end of the tournament, so we'll have to wait and see who won what.

Last night was movie night at H&P's house. First we watched the original Ghost in the Shell, which I hadn't seen since it was shown at MIT in 1996 or so; it was a good refresher for the upcoming Hollywood adaptation. Then we followed that with the first two episodes of Iron Fist, which I enjoyed, even though I haven't seen any of the other Netflix Marvel series yet. I've been instructed to go back and watch Daredevil, so I might do that soon. I also found Moana at the library and will finally watch that this weekend sometime.

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do this summer. Like I mentioned recently, we skipped doing any family vacation last year, so I want to do something with the kids. But I also want to attend my 20th year reunion at MIT if I can, and I'm not sure I want to do that in the context of bringing the whole family. That's what I did the last time I visited Boston six years ago, and while that trip was a ton of fun, our time was spent very differently than what I would have done if I'd left the kids at home. As for what the kids want, they've spoken several times about wanting to visit the Harry Potter world at Universal Studios, and now that we've all finished reading the books, I think that would be a more enjoyable experience for them. I just don't know how to make both ideas work, or if I can only do one, how to choose.
Friday, March 17th, 2017 02:41 pm
Thanks to everyone who let us know that Photobucket images were not loading properly on some pages. The problem seemed to be mostly limited to HTTPS requests; Dreamwidth maintains a list of known high-traffic image sites that support HTTPS, so that our secure content proxy service doesn't cache them unnecessarily. Unfortunately Photobucket seems to have recently changed their site configuration such that HTTPS requests aren't being served as expected, and we've now taken it out of our list of "proxy-exempt" sites.

If you continue to have issues, make sure you're not using HTTPS Photobucket links. It's a bit counterintuitive, but if you use HTTP instead, it will be automatically transformed on our end to an HTTPS link that uses

Hope that clears everything up for now! Let us know if it doesn't...